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Bright Young Things

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Source: Catholic News Service

Overly frenetic but generally successful adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's "Vile Bodies," a morality tale about hedonistic Jazz Age sophisticates who party their lives away in wild abandon until they're caught short by reality. Actor-writer Stephen Fry, making his directorial debut, shows an overfondness for rapid camera pans, and lays on the Twenties soundtrack pretty heavily, but he elicits fine performances from a stellar cast, and as the story takes a serious turn the film slows down to a thoughtful pace as well. Recreational drug and alcohol use, implied promiscuity, generalized decadence, amoral behavior and a suicide. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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Giles Mary of St. Joseph: In the same year that a power-hungry Napoleon Bonaparte led his army into Russia, Giles Mary of St. Joseph ended a life of humble service to his Franciscan community and to the citizens of Naples. 
<p>Francesco was born in Taranto to very poor parents. His father’s death left the 18-year-old Francesco to care for the family. Having secured their future, he entered the Friars Minor at Galatone in 1754. For 53 years he served at St. Paschal’s Hospice in Naples in various roles, such as cook, porter or most often as official beggar for that community. </p><p>“Love God, love God” was his characteristic phrase as he gathered food for the friars and shared some of his bounty with the poor—all the while consoling the troubled and urging everyone to repent. The charity which he reflected on the streets of Naples was born in prayer and nurtured in the common life of the friars. The people whom Giles met on his begging rounds nicknamed him the “Consoler of Naples.” He was canonized in 1996.</p> American Catholic Blog Jesus, our crucified Lord, you know us better than we know ourselves. Help us to see the ways in which we not only act out in selfishness, greed, or shortsightedness, but also in those ways we choose to ignore, forget, and step over aspects of our lives and others for which we need 
forgiveness.

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